Non-Medical Management of Raynaud's Disease,
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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This study examined the efficacy of a non-medical procedure for management of idiopathic Raynauds disease. Individuals with Raynauds disease and normal individuals were given 27 ten-minute simultaneous pairings of hand immersion in warm water 43 deg C with a whole-body cold exposure 0 deg C. Subjects with Raynauds disease receiving treatments demonstrated significant increases in digital temperature compared to untreated subjects with Raynauds disease during the cold test. Additionally, digital temperatures of treated subjects with Raynauds disease increased to a level equal to that of normal subjects, although they demonstrated lower digital temperatures during initial cold exposure. This therapy offers a practical alternative to traditional treatments with drugs or sympathectomy, without unwarranted side effects.
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